Nov 11, 2015

Review ~ The Cat Who Came in Off the Roof by: Annie MG Schmidt

The Cat Who Came in Off the RoofThe Cat Who Came in Off the Roof by Annie M G Schmidt

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


In the tradition of "The Cricket in Times Square" comes this charming tale of courage, friendship, and what it really means to be human. This classic, which originated in Holland and has withstood the test of time worldwide, will appeal to readers young and old and dog and cat lovers alike!

An act of kindness brings shy reporter Mr. Tibble into contact with the unusual Miss Minou. Tibble is close to losing his job because he only writes stories about cats. Fortunately, Minou provides him with real news. She gets the juicy inside information from her local feline friends, who are the eyes and ears of the neighborhood. Tibble is appreciative, but he wonders how she does it. He "has" noticed that Minou is terrified of dogs and can climb trees and rooftops with elegance and ease. . . . It s almost as if she s a cat herself. But how can that be? Praise for THE CAT WHO CAME IN OFF THE ROOF.


Apparently Annie M. G. Schmidt is a well known and very successful foreign writer who first put this story out to the public in 1970 and now again in 2015. Ms. Schmidt is also considered one of the greatest Dutch writers, is alao known as the mother of Dutch theatrical song, & the Queen of Dutch children’s literature. After her death she was honored posthumously in 2007 by being included in the Canon of Dutch History alongside such national Dutch icons as Vincent van Gogh and Anne Frank. Although Schmidt wrote poetry, songs, books, plays, musicals, radio and TV dramas, she was best known for her children’s stories. I did not know any of this when I was given a free copy of The Cat who came in Off the Roof by NetGalley for me to provide an honest review of.

I found hours of pleasure in reading this light hearted book about a very shy reporter and the lady / turned cat who comes into his home helping him to become more successful, and also help other local animals at the same time. The story is great for kids to show examples of caring and doing good thing for others and animals. The cats help the writer by providing facts for his stories that they obtain via the local cat info outlet. There are some great characters with a lot of humor incorporated into how the cats behaive and how their information system works. I am also proud to know the cats get justice while helping their writer friend find his own way to being a better writer. information system works, and luckily the cats get justice while helping their

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Nov 1, 2015

Review: Tales from the Graveyard the Complete Collection

Tales from the Graveyard: The Complete CollectionTales from the Graveyard: The Complete Collection by Susan Shultz

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I requested this group of stories without realizing I had previously read The Blacksmith and throughly enjoyed it. The whole lot of stories reminded me of the old, eerie stories of love, sacrifice, cruelty, mean people who get what they deserve after attempting to break a good person.

Stories like the ones presented in this collection are what I like to call "Old Fashioned Scary Stories" with a lot of mental torture and anguish that will spook the reader to the core. I liked that the characters are throughly examined and their history is covered explaining the what and why of their murderous tendencies. All great stories to get the reader thinking about how thin the line is between crazy and justified.

I was given a copy of this book for the purpose of providing an honest review/ opinion.

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Oct 23, 2015

Review: Tell the Story to Its End - Simon P. Clark

Tell the Story to Its EndTell the Story to Its End by Simon P. Clark

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book description:

In this beautiful, haunting debut, a boy is whisked away to the country in the wake of a scandal, and finds a captivating creature in the attic whose attention comes at a sinister price.

"Tell the story to its end," says Eren with a grin.
His yellow eyes are glowing like embers in the night.
"When I reach the end," I say, "what happens? You'll have the whole story."
"Hmm," he says, looking at me and licking his lips with a dry, grey tongue. "What happens then? Why don't we find out?"

People are keeping secrets from Oli. His mum has brought him to stay with his aunt and uncle in the countryside, but nobody will tell him why his dad where his father is. Why isn't he with them? Has something happened? Oli has a hundred questions, and only an old, empty house in the middle of an ancient forest for answers. But then he finds a secret of his own: there is a creature that lives in the attic…

Eren is not human.
Eren is hungry for stories.
Eren has been waiting for him.

Sharing his stories with Eren, Oli starts to make sense of what’s happening downstairs with his family. But what if it’s a trap? Soon, Oli must make a choice: learn the truth—or abandon himself to Eren’s world, forever.

Reminiscent of SKELLIG by David Almond and A MONSTER CALLS by Patrick Ness, EREN is richly atmospheric, moving, unsettleing, and told in gorgeous prose. A modern classic in the making. (less)


I absolutely loved the chill and suspense in Tell The Story to its End. Even the title seemed menacing to me. I received this book free in order to provide an honest review. It is one of the few books I have read that slipped back into my mind for days afterwards.

I loved the use of prose and the whole setting (attic) out away from the city in a old family house. The words flow so beautifully from Erin when he is in charm mode. The idea of beings that have always been around, you don't know if they are good, bad, worse than imaginable, etc. I loved the details of the stories told and Erin's reactions. The fantasy elements and pace of the story had me reading & reading because I had to know what comes next. I wanted to love Erin & go away with him myself at times. Haha. A wonderful book to read if you want to think about things that can get a little surreal. Loved it.

I believe it is a middle aged read, but it does feel quite dark during the later parts. Might cause me some nightmares even. Gives the reader quite a bit to ponder on if you like that sort of thing.

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Oct 15, 2015

How to Navigate Zombie Cave and defeat Pirate Pete by Mick Bogerman ~ Slug Pie story #1

How to Navigate Zombie Cave and Defeat Pirate Pete (Slug Pie Story, #1)How to Navigate Zombie Cave and Defeat Pirate Pete by Mick Bogerman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book description:

Armed with a pitchfork, miner’s hat, and map, Mick Bogerman dares to hunt for pirate treasure in Zombie Cave. His little brother Finley is tied up at the beach. Literally--Mick tied him up. No one needs a little brother tagging along when you’re going to slay the undead.
But Mick soon wishes he’d taken some human company with him, because lurking in every corner, reaching from every crevice, is another hungry corpse. No wonder the place is named Zombie Cave! And finding treasure in the twisty tunnels is a lot harder when your map disintegrates. And man-oh-man the cold, dark tide chases fast. But the worst part about fighting off ravenous flesh-eaters is the one monster deadlier than a regular zombie . . . the worst of the worst . . . Pirate Pete.


I absolutely loved this book, laughing all of the way through with Mick's hilarious reasoning. I love the cover illustration which tempted my non-zombie fan 10 year old to read the book too. This laugh out loud (quite gross) book was provided to me by the author for the purpose of giving an honest review. There are some pretty gross descriptions of zombie brains & other gook along the way, adding to the humor of the story.

The characters are typical silly treasure seeking boys on adventure with lots of action and gooey gore packed in. Great read with lots of laughs.

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Oct 3, 2015

The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas By David Almond

The Boy Who Swam with PiranhasThe Boy Who Swam with Piranhas by David Almond

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book description:

Stanley Potts’s uncle Ernie has developed an over-the-top fascination with canning fish in the house, and life at 69 Fish Quay Lane has turned barmy. But there’s darkness in the madness, and when Uncle Ernie’s obsession takes an unexpectedly cruel turn, Stan has no choice but to leave. As he journeys away from the life he’s always known, he mingles with a carnival full of eccentric characters and meets the legendary Pancho Pirelli, the man who swims in a tank full of perilous piranhas. Will Stan be bold enough to dive in the churning waters himself and choose his own destiny?


Stanley Potts completely captured my heart. This is a wonderful story for a young / middle school child. I read it aloud with my ten year old son and we both enjoyed Stanley's bravery and compassion for others (& animals). Of course the bad guys are somewhere & it is great that they are just plain goofs in this story. The story starts out with some sad events (which is a bit like real life), but the journey is well worth sharing with a child.

Stanley is a good friend, a brave kid, and a loved family member. An awesome feel good story with some fun and unexpected surprises added in. I received this book for the purpose of providing an honest review. An awesome read with examples of love, family, bravery, friendship, & loyalty.

I received this book free for the purpose of providing an honest review.

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Sep 5, 2015

Review: Bug in a Vacuum by Melanie Watt 5***** Children's book

Bug in a VacuumBug in a Vacuum by Mélanie Watt

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Bug in a Vacuum is one of the most whimsical and beautifully illustrated children's books I have read in quite a while. I love that the author / illustrator found such a beautyful and exciting adventure to hold interest while also including the stages of grief in the story. The stages are presented in a way that is understandable to a child who may be experiencing loss, but the story is also just a good and fun adventure for anyone.

A wonderful idea expertly executed. I really enjoyed the book and can't complement the illustrations enough. I would recommend this book as a lesson on dealing with or introducing grief if necessary, or if not necessary, just read it because it is a fun adventure.

I was provided this book free of charge before it's release date to provide an honest review.

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Jun 30, 2015

My sissy & my youngest nephew ! LOL.
Am I the only person who reads ebooks SLOWWWWER than print? It's like I can't get my eyes moving across the words fast enough. According to eye exam I have almost blinded myself from so much reading over past 3 years too.